Around MLS: Revenge

Jeff Gross

The results panned out more or less as expected, with only a few surprises along the way. Also, Robbie Rogers is back, and Seattle got pummeled.

I hope you will forgive this much shorter version of Around MLS.

Fort Campbell is having BBQs, and failing to consume those burgers is a grave sin against the populus.

MLS sure schedules their marquee billings at rather odd hours. 10 pm central time is a ridiculous starting time for any game, much less one with this level of hype surrounding it.

The Seattle Sounders lost, and how, 4-0 to the LA Galaxy in a Clash of the Titans.

Did I say Clash of the Titans? I think I meant this.

The first 45 minutes was the worst half of Sounders soccer I think I have ever witnessed, and they didn't improve drastically in the second half. The best you could say is that they didn't concede another four goals after the break. Shalrie Joseph had a horror showing that involved him being wildly ineffective, responsible for a few goals, and getting sent off for a rather idiotic tackle. Seattle's midfield was closer to the Red Sea standing in Moses' way rather than the usual dominant force we're accustomed to seeing.

Robbie Keane, and the rest of the Galaxy for that matter, did what they pleased, when they pleased, and Seattle was only too eager to oblige. I actually am having a hard time explaining what happened last night, as blaming it on the referee (whose first whistled penalty kick was pretty terrible) and the missing Osvaldo Alonso doesn't justify the massive ostrich egg Seattle laid on the field last night.

It should be everyone's ambition that in the future, discussions of a players' sexuality will have nothing to do with sport broadcasts. That being said, it was pretty great seeing Robbie Rogers look so happy last night. With the Fire getting a very solid player in return it's safe to say that, all things remaining constant, everyone wins in this trade.

Rogers will hopefully encourage men and women everywhere to be true to who they are. To hell with what others think, right? It was a great moment for anyone who is part of our society last night. Here's to Robbie being the vanguard of greater things to come.

The Monreal Impact played the Philadelphia Union, and the scoreline (5-3 in favor of Montreal) more closely resembled a game between the Canadiens and the Flyers.

John Hackworth doesn't seem to be concerned that there is a larger performance issue at play. He told Kevin Kinkead of the Philadelphia Union website:

"Unfortunately, in the games where we've come up against teams above us in the table - I think we've gone out and gone nose to nose with them, but in the end we've made some mistakes and we haven't had a result come our way."

That doesn't sound like a man who thinks there's anything significantly wrong with the Union. Going 0-3 against the top teams in the East is probably a sign of larger issues, but that's just me.

Real Salt Lake lost two points in the dying minutes of their match against the Chicago Fire, which ended 1-1, and Jason Kreis is hopping mad about the officiating. A late throw in led to a Chicago goal, and Mr. Kreis tried to make the case that the throw-in was illegal. He huffed and he puffed, but the referees ignored him and the Fire's goal stood. Dallas has gained some breathing room against a team that has been charging up the standings.

Mike Petke will almost certainly be fined by the League, as he practically wrote a them a check during the press conference. His New York Red Bulls drew level with the Columbus Crew 2-2 in Red Bull Arena, due in no small part to a spot kick awarded to Columbus. Kosuke Kimura was involved in a tussle inside the box and was called for the fateful penalty, allowing Columbus to score a PK that played a big part in earning them the draw. Petke took to microphones after the game and made his opinion known.

From mlssoccer.com

"I have my checkbook out and I'm ready for MLS to fine me because it's not good enough, the referees, it's not good enough... I watched the replay of the penalty of what I already knew to be not a penalty and it backed it up. [Meram] mis-hits the ball, mis-hits it, and then there's contact from the side."

I don't see what it is Petke sees. It was a hard challenge, and it's a call that can easily go both ways. It's wrong to call it an overtly incorrect call. "50-50 calls" are called that for a reason.

A quick note on the Houston Dynamo verus Sporting Kansas City match played at Sporting Park, which ended 1-1:

The center referee clearly made a mistake in awarding a penalty to Brad Davis in the first half, but unlike in Los Angeles (where Toledo toledo-torpedoed the Sounders), the referee went over to his assistant referee and overturned the bad call, and justice was served.

This event nets zero positive points for the official in the center of the pitch, because while it is commendable that his pride did not overtake him and he had the sense to consult his AR, this is ignoring that:

a) It took a "mass confrontation" (wouldn't be surprised to see Houston secretly fined for that one) for him to change his call and

b) It was a horrible, terrible, no good, very bad call. Reversing it simply brings the game's officiating back to level terms, as opposed to either side of the Good or Bad scale.

Food For Thought:

  1. What is your opinion on the officiating this weekend, including Toledo's PK calls in LA and the one Kansas City?
  2. What the heck was wrong with Seattle?
  3. What are you doing on your Memorial Day Monday?
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